Religious tourism: Europe – religious festivals in spring

Spring is at our footsteps. In any religion this season is associated with revival and hope. There is something festive in the air; there is a feeling that magic blends into reality. Therefore there is no surprise that a list of religious holidays in spring is really impressive. Take a minute – read about famous St Patrick day, colorful procession in Toledo on the Corpus Christi day, Budha’s birthday celebrations, and a joyful Navrus in unknown Uzbekistan. There is not much business analysis in this section, but a few new ideas for your itineraries.


Corpus Christi in Toledo

Anna Luebke

Corpus Christi falls on the first Thursday after Trinity Sunday (60 days after Easter). The festival of Corpus Christi celebrates the Eucharist as the body of Christ. The name 'Corpus Christi' is Latin for 'the body of Christ'. This jubilant festival is celebrated by Roman Catholics to proclaim the truth of the transubstantiation of bread and wine into the actual body of Christ during Mass. In some countries in the world, Catholic churches still celebrate the festival, not only with a Mass, but...

Celebrating st. Patrick’s day

William Law

On 17th March each and every year St. Patricks day is celebrated all over the world with elaborate parades; families tuck into the traditional dinner of corned beef and cabbage; and, in the pubs, the green beer flows swifter than the River Shannon. It's odd to think that just a short time ago, none of the most popular customs we often take for granted even existed. In fact, today's celebrations are very different from the way they once were, in Ireland long ago.

Buddha day – Visakha Puja(vesak)

Andrew J. Wein

The decision to agree to celebrate Vesak as the Buddha's birthday was taken at the first Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists (W.F.B.) held in Sri Lanka in 1950. The Resolution that was adopted at the World Conference reads as follows:- "That this Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists, while recording its appreciation of the gracious act of His Majesty, the Maharaja of Nepal in making the full-moon day of Vesak a Public Holiday in Nepal, earnestly requests the Heads of Gover...

Navrus in Uzbekistan

Gary Diskin

In Persian, Navruz means “new day”, or “a new day of the new year”, to be precise. This day is celebrated on March 21st, which is on the day of vernal equinox, and it symbolizes the beginning of a calendar year in such countries as Iran, Afghanistan, in Kurdish regions of Iraq and Turkey, as well as in some countries of Central Asia. In Uzbekistan Navruz is considered to be an official holiday, however the New Year Day is celebrated in accordance with the European calendar. For all the nations...